Mind/Body/Spirit

In their steadfast duty to care and advocate for patients…as well as their own families and friends…nurses often neglect their own health and wellbeing. Read these articles to find out why and how you should take care of your own mind, body, and spirit.

Limiting the stress that comes with the holidays requires a bit of planning. The Cleveland Clinic offers some suggestions built around the activities that can be the most anxiety-inducing:

• Holiday shopping

• Planning family gatherings

• Scheduling time with family and friends

• Taking care of yourself—eating well and staying active . . .

Are you an introvert? If so, you may think you don’t have the right personality to be a nurse leader. Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts, would beg to differ with you. With examples that span generations and continents, Cain shares stories of some of . . .

In October, thousands of homes in Santa Rosa, California were lost to wild fires. Payton Walton, a nurse who lives in Marin and works in Santa Rosa recently took to social media to match up her Marin neighbors with members of the Santa Rosa community to help them through this . . .

The season of gift-giving is upon us, and don’t you think you should start with a few gifts for yourself? The folks at MAS Medical Staffing have put together a list of 11 smart phone and tablet apps designed to make your life as a nurse just a . . .

In her article on the Odyssey website (a collection of writing from young people), Tessa Masula contemplates what it means to be thankful versus what it means to be grateful. She hits on some key differences and encourages all of us to keep gratitude at the front our minds, even . . .

Marjorie Lee North, a consultant for political candidates, physicians, and lawyers, presented these ten tips in her blog on the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education Professional Development website:

1.     Nervous is normal. Practice and prepare.

2.     Know your audience. Your speech is about them, not you.

3.     Organize your . . .

November 2017 Vol. 12 No. 11

Solving ethical dilemmas requires a thoughtful process.

Takeaways

Ethical dilemmas are a common occurrence in nursing, often resulting in moral distress.
Situational awareness is as a useful method to guide nurses in exploring ethical dilemmas to better identify appropriate actions and responses.

By Teresa M. Stephens, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE . . .

October 2017 Vol. 12 No. 10

Use your mind and body to support your soul.
Takeaways:

Your outer circumstances don’t need to control your happiness, even when they may not be the most desirable.
Being conscious about your thoughts gives one the choice to change habits no longer supportive.
Our bodies are always communicating with . . .

The second installment of Marjorie Lee North’s Harvard University Division of Continuing Education Professional Development website blog, focuses on putting what you learned in her first blog into action with your colleagues and supervisors. She explores communication styles, group problem solving, and how to give and receive criticism. You . . .

October 2017 Vol. 12 No. 10

A simple smartphone app helps reduce stress.
By Donna Linette, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, and Jamethan Bryant, MSN Ed, RN, CCRN

Providing bedside care is stressful, and finding ways to reduce that stress can be difficult in a sometimes chaotic and unpredictable environment. Research shows that meditation can be a . . .

In her Harvard University Division of Continuing Education Professional Development website blog, Marjorie Lee North, a consultant for political candidates, physicians, and lawyers, offers advice on:

·      Learning to listen

·      Knowing your audience

·      Paying attention to your nonverbal skills.

You can read the full blog here . . .

Walking, swimming, cycling, jogging, skiing, aerobic dancing, or any of dozens of other activities can help your heart. They all cause you to feel warm, perspire and breathe heavily without being out of breath and without feeling any burning sensation in your muscles.

Whether it is a structured exercise program . . .

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